Camden publishes 2019-20 pay gap report underlining its commitment to transparency

Camden Council has published its 2019-20 pay gap report, underlining its commitment to transparency by reporting information on pay by gender, ethnicity and disability over and above government requirements.

The findings reveal that the council continues to see progress in closing pay gaps where they exist, however it believes there is still more to do, particularly in relation to the gap between Black, Asian and minority ethnic and White staff.

Jo Brown, Director of Director of People and Inclusion, said:

“We believe it is important to hold ourselves to account and ensure equality is at the heart of organisation and throughout our workforce. We want to constantly challenge ourselves to achieve the best possible representation within our workforce at all grades and parts of the organisation.

“While the overall pay gap by ethnicity closed slightly this year, we recognise that there is still work to do in achieving improved representation of Black, Asian and minority ethnic staff at higher grades in the organisation, and by making this information public we are also making a public commitment to tackle any issues.

“We are further adding to the initiatives aimed at addressing the issue in discussion with the Camden Black Workers Group, including the development of a mentoring scheme and greater use of secondments as a way to broaden opportunities for staff.

“By providing a higher level of detail, analysis and comparison data than is standardly done we are welcoming an open scrutiny of our data and feedback from staff, trade unions, other organisations and members of the public.”

Camden remains one of the only organisations in the country to report pay gaps by disability and ethnicity. There continues to be no significant differences in pay by gender, disability or ethnicity at the majority of job levels, and where gaps did exist, they have tended to narrow.

  • There is a small increase in the ethnicity pay gap this year, driven by the fact there continues to be more White employees in senior roles within Camden. This has reinforced the council’s commitment to do more to address this.
  • Female staff form a majority in all four earning quartiles at the Council, with women making up 57 per cent of employees in the top half of earners. A higher proportion of men received performance related payments in 2019-20 and this contributed to higher mean and median levels of performance pay among men.

The full pay analysis is available on the council’s Open Data website: